Professional Development

NAA publishes fresh, new content every week covering a wide variety of topics related to the field of aftershool. In addition, NAA offers a variety of opportunities for virtual professional development (PD) through meaningful content, conversations and connections. Click here to see full descriptions of virtual PD offerings.

Reaching Rural Communities

Tuesday, 02 June 2020 12:14

During the COVID-19 pandemic, American Youth Policy Forum has been collecting resources pertinent to various disadvantaged youth populations. Recently, AYPF focused on resources related to rural populations and youth in foster care. We share some of them here.

Adapting Best Practices for the Future

Tuesday, 02 June 2020 12:10

All over the nation and the world, afterschool professionals, leaders, and others are working diligently to ensure healthy and safe school-age child care and out-of-school time programs for kids and families.

Creating a Plan to Start and Operate a Virtual Summer Camp

Tuesday, 26 May 2020 10:19

For over 100 years, summer camp programs have spent the months leading up to June preparing to operate on-location programs for youth.

Afterschool Is Essential

Tuesday, 26 May 2020 10:17

Our 2020 has been quite a year so far, described over and over with phrases such as, "unprecedented, challenging, and uncertain."

Inclusion: From Afterschool to the Living Room

Tuesday, 26 May 2020 00:00

We recognize how stressful this time is for parents and caregivers at home and how uncertainty and change or lack of routine can cause challenging behaviors from kids, both with and without disabilities.

Get Moving at Home for Physical Fitness Month

Tuesday, 19 May 2020 08:48

It's important to keep active all year-round. May—Physical Fitness Month—celebrates that.

Empowering Afterschool Professionals for Digital Learning

Tuesday, 19 May 2020 08:43

In 2018, NAA's Empowering Afterschool Professionals for Digital Learning report noted: "Afterschool professionals will need more tools and training to become effective facilitators of digital learning."

Using Technology to Manage Changing Landscapes

Tuesday, 19 May 2020 00:00

On April 28, 2020, over 180 NAA members participated in our webinar that focused on how technology and automation can be used to improve afterschool program management and the parent experience.

We All Need Space

Tuesday, 12 May 2020 09:06

Even before social distancing, we've always needed space. Space to share, learn, connect, and be inspired. That's what the NAA community provides for each other and for those in our networks.

How Research Supports Practices in OST

Tuesday, 12 May 2020 09:04

Afterschool programs provide a lot of things for young people. Now, brain science proves the work being done in afterschool programs supports the development of youth in a variety of ways.

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